Samsung Galaxy Axiom launches on US Cellular, has S3 Mini design with LTE for $80

Samaung Galaxy AxiomLooking for some budget 4G Android thrills? U.S. Cellular has announced a phone which could be of interest: The Samsung Galaxy Axiom. Leaked earlier this month, the new Galaxy device has now been made official by the network, although it may look familiar to mobile fans with an eye for design.

Here’s what it’s all about. The Galaxy Axiom has a 4-inch display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, and it runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) – not the very latest version, but still acceptable enough. Inside is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, while on the outside is a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 1.3-megapixel secondary video-call lens too.

There’s 4GB of storage memory built-in and a microSD card slot to boost this by up to 32GB, plus a variety of other features such as NFC support, a 2100mAh battery, DLNA and Wi-Fi, plus the aforementioned 4G LTE connectivity. Some of Samsung’s software goodies are present, with U.S. Cellular specifically mentioning S Beam and S Voice. Google Wallet is also standard, too.

If you’re looking at the Axiom and thinking, “My, you look familiar,” it’s because the phone is visually almost identical to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. However, while it may look the same, the Axiom’s spec is slightly different. It’s swings and roundabouts too, as the S3 Mini has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed, plus the option of 8GB or 16GB of built-in storage, but lacks 4G LTE connectivity.

The processor inside the S3 Mini is a dual-core, 1GHz ST Ericsson NovaThor chip, but the Axiom has been given a 1.2GHz processor, which according to GSMArena is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. It probably won’t make much difference, but it’s worth knowing.

U.S. Cellular has priced the Galaxy Axiom at $80 with a two-year contract, or for those wishing to avoid such a lengthy commitment, it’s available SIM-free for $400, and is ready and waiting for you on the network’s website now.

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